The Mental Health Commission (MHC) published four inspection reports this week that included a facility in county Mayo. The Chief Executive of the Mental Health Commission, John Farrelly, commended all the centres for their high rates of compliance but warned that a critical risk identified in the Adult Mental Health Unit at Mayo University Hospital needs to be dealt with quickly.
The Adult Mental Health Unit at Mayo University Hospital is located on the campus of the hospital. It recorded an overall compliance rate of 92%. This was a significant improvement on its score of 72% in 2020. There were numerous quality initiatives identified on the inspection including input from a physical health nurse, with qualifications in Preventive Cardiology, who was working with staff and residents in the centre. Weekly educational health classes were also provided by the dietitian and physical health nurse to meet identified needs.
Despite this, the inspection identified significant concerns with risk management. As a result, the Mental Health Commission required the service provider to take immediate steps and provide assurances in relation to the safety of residents.
Not all health and safety risks were identified, assessed, treated, reported, monitored, and documented within the risk register as appropriate.
Damaged fire doors had not been replaced in both the main ward and the High Dependency Unit.
Risk management was rated as a critical risk while the regulation related to premises was considered high risk.
The provider responded to the critical risk identified and MHC continues to closely monitor ongoing remedial actions initiated by the provider.